In this issue: Resource Use Futures, Recycling and Wealth from Waste.
A long-term view that takes advantage of future trends and opportunities will help the broader minerals industry, METS and research community to reinvent itself for success. Above ground 'mining' could be an important part of that future, writes Jonathan Law.
Australia’s extractive mineral industries may need to evolve beyond miners into product ‘suppliers’ as the world increasingly looks to resource recovery, recycling and re-use to stem the rising global use of materials. DAVID SIMPSON reports.
The challenge of meeting and sustaining future global resource needs is being highlighted through a global initiative that aims to plot a pathway forward. LOUIS WHITE spoke with Executive Secretary at the Geological Society of London, Edmund Nickless.
A wealth of data and information covering 40 years of resource use in 26 countries of the Asia Pacific has been produced for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to help guide future resource use efficiency and sustainable consumption.
Australia is in the embryonic stages of an industrial recycling culture that can reshape and reinvigorate industries and help sustain our resources, society and the planet.
Industrial ecology is far more than a series of individual projects. It has its roots in a theory of material and energy flows established in the 1980s when researchers first pulled together a variety of disciplines, including engineering, economics and sociology, to gain a better understanding of industrial processes and the use of natural resources.
A bold call to action has been released for a future ‘circular economy’ in Australia that harvests resources and wealth from waste, stems the tide of unsustainable disposal and offers national annual cost savings in the order of $26 billion. TIM THWAITES reports
Professor Veena Sahajwalla leads an initiative to feed waste tyres into One Steel’s electric arc furnaces as a good example of circular economy in action, so far diverting more than two million tyres from landfill.